If you are a skin care lover (just like yours truly), you’ve recently been bombarded with the super plumping and moisturizing properties of Hyaluronic Acid, one of the trendiest ingredients of beauty serums and lotions.
While it’s justified that this ingredient gets a lot of attention, there’s a lot of confusion about the nutritional properties, where it comes from and how it works. In this post, I’ll be addressing key questions regarding hyaluronic acid such as:
How does Hyaluronic Acid (HA) work? Is it natural? What is the difference between synthetic and botanical HA? Which form is better and why? How can I obtain HA naturally? And much more …
The first and most reassuring news is that – despite its name – Hyaluronic Acid is a carbohydrate found naturally in our body’s tissues. It is responsible for supporting skin cell renewal, for increasing skin elasticity, for boosting collagen production, and for keeping our skin plump, soft and smooth.
How does it do that? Well, Hyaluronic Acid works by binding and holding water (did you know that 1 gr of HA can hold 6 liters of water??), and by improving the moisture of our skin, HA gives it a more youthful appearance making it soft and supple, and making fine lines and wrinkles less apparent.
Unfortunately, our body’s natural HA levels decrease as we age, and this is why numerous cosmetics brands developed synthetic Hyaluronic Acid serums and fillers.
As it is in many other industries, “synthetic” does not work the same magic as “natural”. Unless it’s injected, the molecule of synthetic HA contained in most skin care products is too big to penetrate the skin; and it can only sit on top of the skin without being absorbed.
While synthetic HA does work as a temporary moisturizer, it cannot provide the skin with the same benefits of natural HA, which stimulates collagen or elastin.
Is there a way to maintain high Hyaluronic Acid levels without using synthetic products? The answer is YES, and once again it comes from plants… and food!!
How Can I Get Natural Hyaluronic Acid?
Through the most recent biotechnologies, it is now possible to produce botanical Hyaluronic Acid that comes from “Cassia Angustifolia”, also known as Senna, a polysaccharide-rich plant native to India, which simultaneously fills out fine lines and provides rich moisture.
This extract has been proven to deliver greater hydration that lasts 4 times longer than synthetic HA! And one of the skin care products I have recently loved the most is the Bio-Extracts HA Hydro Boost, which relies heavily on Senna as the perfect botanical alternative to synthetic hyaluronic acid.
The extract obtained from Indian Senna, in fact, acts like natural Hyaluronic acid, delivering moisture, increasing elasticity and assisting in tissue repair and protection. Compared to synthetic HA, Botanical HA has an improved ability to penetrate the skin to act from within, like natural HA does.
In fact, thanks to the latest biotechnologies, the Bio Extracts team who gave birth to HA Hydro Boost managed to decrease the molecular weight of the botanical HA extracted from Senna without compromising its effectiveness.
Unlike those products containing synthetic Hyaluronic Acid, HA Hydro Boost penetrates deep into your skin with its exceptionally high concentrations of active plant molecules, making smooth and plump.
TIP: I like to use my HA Boost serum alone, right after I spray my toner and before I put on my moisturizer, but it can also be added to foundation and make up.
How Can I Get Natural Hyaluronic Acid From Foods?
Some foods are naturally rich in Hyaluronic Acid, and it’s a good thing to add them to your diet and boost the effect of natural beauty products like Bio Extracts’ HA Boost. It’s not a coincidence that most of the pillars of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet are great carriers of Hyaluronic Acid:
The vegetables that contain the highest amounts of Hyaluronic Acid are root vegetables, whose high levels of magnesium allows the body to synthesize an even greater amount of hyaluronic than what is ordinarily given from other vegetables.
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and lotus roots, amongst others, and are loaded with hyaluronic acid. Try out the recipe for my Root Vegetable Casserole, you are gonna love it!
Bone broth made from grass fed beef, free range chicken and other meats, which are slow cooked for up to 24 hours so that the important nutrients contained in bones, cartilage, skin and ligaments, are released.
Pork, poultry, beef, and lamb organs, especially liver, are also rich in hyaluronic acid.
The estrogen contained in soy and soy products raises hyaluronic acid levels. Tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, soy pasta, and soy yogurt are packed with isoflavones, which is what raises your estrogen levels and in turn, your hyaluronic acid levels.
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